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About IP for coding projects - How to protect your own boiler plate and helper scripts

I have a question about IP in freelancing. What types terms would you put in an IP agreement with a client to ensure that: Any code you use from your own code base (convenience code or frameworks) ...
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Starting freelance career as a programmer

It's my second semester of college and I've taken some relatively advanced data structures classes and java programming. I have written a solid amount of programs in a variety of different languages ...
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How feasible is it to work fixed price and parttime for a client as a freelance software developer?

I have a long term client were I'm working fulltime as a freelancer. They are starting to have some financial problems due to declining sales (perhaps related to covid, I don't know). I have to work 2 ...
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Is "contractor will indemnify and fully defend" with no cost limit reasonable for a software developer contract?

I'm a sole proprietor in the US contracting for a few months to make changes to a mobile app for a medium sized company. They want me to sign this clause under Delaware jurisdiction: Consultant shall ...
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How can I write a good proposal on Upwork.com?

I am new to upwork.com. So far, I have submitted 20 proposals, but I did not see any reaction to them. I have about 11 years of programming experience, and it's not good that I can't communicate how ...
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Declined project

I had a meeting with a potential customer last week and I decided to decline any further planning of the project and now I'm not sure if I shouldn't have done that. The customer is looking for some ...
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Is this a bad contract clause as a freelance software developer?

I am hesitating in accepting the contract due to this clause: The Consultant shall have personal liability for and shall indemnify the Client against any and all direct and/or indirect loss, liability ...
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What are some informal ways to make money with mobile development?

I'd like to know what the best way(s) to make money with mobile development. Some developers have already told me that it'd be making building mobile apps to prospective customers. As a second option, ...
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How to reject a project that does not fit with my skills or goes beyond my skills in order to keep your client for future projects?

I am having problems with how to reject this kind of project for my clients. As an example, a recent client that weeks ago I did a C Project for him arrives again days ago needing help in a project ...
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I am about to start bidding for SQL Server/database projects on Upwork/Fiverr but not sure if my software is compliant

I will mostly be doing report development using SSRS and Crystal Reports. And some SSIS and T-SQL query writing. Maybe some performance tuning of their systems. I have the free 2019 SQL Server ...
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How difficult is it to start freelancing while attending university?

I am an 18-year-old boy who will be educating in university soon. I wondered if there is anybody who started freelancing besides studying. By freelancing I don't mean a big business, but using typical ...
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How much Python does a Python freelancer actually need?

I am a 21 year old recent graduate with some Python knowledge. My goal is to become a freelancer, to support and help myself financially, as I don't want to rely on my parents for everything. Is there ...
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Need help to land first freelancing job using python [duplicate]

I am a graduation student with some knowledge of Python. I know well upto the object oriented programming and have worked with Tkinter. But that was just the basics.Now, i want to land a freelancing ...
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Starting a startup?

For young developers out there.Is it a good idea to start there own startup or get a job while university education. For someone young startup is counted as experience? For a single guy is this a good ...
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Who Owns the Source Code & IP - Developer or Employer?

Imagine you hire someone on a freelancing site to code a (highly) custom website or app with very specific functionality. After they complete the job, you pay them for their work and they hand over ...
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Building an entire platform yourself - What's the ONE thing you could point to? [closed]

If it weren't hard enough being a freelancer, some crazy people like myself choose to be a true 'one man show' and develop entire platforms themselves rather than just a piece of a platform (eg front ...
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What can I offer to subcontractors and should I even be subcontracting?

I'm a freelancer in machine learning and I've lately been getting overwhelmed with work. I've considered "subcontracting" but I have some doubts which I'd like to get help with: Why should ...
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Why are freelance rates for mobile developers on freelancer.com so low?

For example here, someone likes to pay $140 for a chat application (iOS and Android) here, someone like to have an audio streaming mobile application be built. He is willing to pay $8 - $15 per hour! ...
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How can I avoid exposure to liability from indemnification clauses as an I.T. freelancer?

I often work as a W2 employee, but I sometimes get freelance opportunities. I write code and do systems administration, and I have examined different insurance products. I want something that is ...
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Landing a ReactJS gig with no work experience

I've been looking into ReactJS and I really like it. I've done the tutorials and worked through some apps of my own. In short, I am confident that I now know it well enough that I am ready to tackle ...
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How can I circumvent consulting agencies and work directly for the company

I've been working as a consultant for the past 4 years in a country in Norther Europe. Most of these years were through an agency and only the past 6 months were directly with my current client. ...
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Getting started as a Qt developer

Scenario (Skip it if you don't care) So I currently work for a company in India which takes out-sourced work and hires local devs to work on them. Now, the situation for most cases (including mine) ...
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How an EXPERIENCED programmer can switch to freelancing?

First off, sorry for the caps in the title, but I did that for a good reason. Most sites and blog articles out there go something like, "How a beginner can start freelancing with no experience". ...
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Is there any service to outsource reading job offers I get and negotiating with potential employers?

I have been looking for something like that but I couldn't find anything. Below are details of what I am looking for and what I have tried so far. This question is not a duplicate of Finding talent ...
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How to sell Android app to a general contractor for my desired price?

I have designed an app specifically for a certain contracting company on the Android Studio platform. I have recently looked over the regulations for uploading an app onto the Google Play store and ...
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How to build a portfolio as a freelancer new to the market

I have about 10 years experience working in web development agencies as a Project Manager/User Researcher. 2 years ago I decided to move into a technical role and did an MSc in Computer Science at a ...
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Viability of a plan to get experience and to grow portfolio

I am a young iOS programmer with a good amount of experience. I have been doing iOS programming for five or six years I have a couple finished apps on the App Store that are very aesthetic and that I ...
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Selling Java library - which pricing model to choose?

I have built a Java library, which I am planning to sell. It will be used as a project's dependency and most users would use it with their build tools such as Maven, Gradle, etc. I wanted to know if ...
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Continue college or learn online while freelancing?

Hi I'm Matteo from Italy, i'm in the second year of math college and doing well in it. I have great programming skills and I work in my free time ( few ) as a freelance fullstack web developer, but I ...
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How to deliver work and procedure for freelancing in Android app development

When freelancing in android app development, what is the best way to work with the client(employer): 1) Should one deliver work and take payment in parts. Do clients pay in advance? 2) Whose ...
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Getting started as a freelance programmer

I've been working in IT for 5 years, C/C++ middleware on Linux being my main specialization. I know some Java, Python, C#, have completed a desktop 3d viewer on C++/Qt and also know some web - a bit ...
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What technologies should i learn in order to be hired as a web developer?

i passed the last few months on learning web development. so far i have learned a lot in both front end and back end development like -html -css -java script -php -mysql(pdo) my next step is ...
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How can a new programmer work from home as a freelancer

I'm a new programmer who lost his job(in a different field) recently due to a health issue. Now I can work from home only. So being a programmer I think it could be possible but since I'm new(21/male) ...
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How to get Supervisor or Senior Developer to check and review your work ?

As being freelancer the biggest drawback for newcomer would be to be supervised for their work. Last day I had interview and they apology to get me hired because I do freelancing. It is almost ...
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Do I need errors and omissions insurance as a freelance (1099) programmer?

This question is regarding working in the USA. For the past year and a half I've just worked as a contract (1099, a 1099 contract worker is someone who is self-employed and works for another company) ...
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Freelancer pictures on portfolio

I want to know what do you think of personal pictures of yourself on portfolios. I will soon be taking a photoshoot with a proper photographer for my portfolio, I mainly want it for my hero image ...
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Who own the "copyright" or intellectual property for the code you have written?

Assuming it has not been exclusively spelled out in the client contract, do the software developer own the rights to the code that he has written for the client? Can he reuse the code in other ...
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What does your average day as a freelancer look like? [closed]

I'm a web developer with around 2 years of experience and new into freelancing. I have been reading about freelancing from articles/blogs online and posts here, and have a fair idea of how things work....
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Lack of Sleeping for Projects

This is my habit issue, which a lot of my technology friends say is a bad idea: For me to finish a small project, that takes me about a week, I do not sleep for up to three days to get it done as ...
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How should a freelance software engineer use Linkedin to find clients?

here are what I've been trying. Which is most effective? I send a LinkedIn invite to every potential hiring manager that is not a 1st connection. In the invitation, I say I'm an available contractor, ...
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What is the best place to find a great javascript programmer [closed]

Which is the best place to find javascript programmer on hourly basis, that can code in javascript at a professional level.
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skills needed to do and find freelance web design work

I am considering learning the skills needed to become a freelance web programmer or web designer. I have confidence in back-end development but am learning more about front end. I live in India and ...
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Finding clients and marketing myself

Im a fresh graduate from uni and im trying to enter the freelancing word, however im not sure how.. its such a big community with many experienced people. How can someone such as me face and get ...
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Client not Responding from more than last 36 Hours

I recently got my first project on Up Work, i had a lot of communication with two of the people from their side on Skype and i have been working on their project from previous week, i have developed ...
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Finding talent agents for software developers

Although my skills with clients have improved over the years, finding new projects and negotiating with clients is still a very time-consuming process. I wouldn't feel too bad about offering 15-20% ...
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Freelance programmer's monthly fees, expectations too high?

Recently I started freelancing as a full-stack developer in Brazil and it's been very good so far, but I am a little stuck on this one client. By far my biggest client yet, they want a customized ...
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New project manager suddenly demanding source-code prior to payment

In a nutshell, I've been doing freelance iOS development for a client on an ongoing basis since 2013. Originally my main contact with the business was, let's say, Person A. Recently the client has ...
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Having trouble gauging my level of knowledge/expertise?

I just recently graduated college with a Bachelors in Computer Science and I am currently debating on going into freelance work. My problem however is that I don't know if I will be able to complete ...
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Evaluation Task to find good development company

I hire an Indian company to develop a website for classified ads but it takes so long time and not finish yet. Therefore I decide to find a new company to do this work but I don't want to face the ...
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Competing with experienced people on freelancing websites

I'm trying to enter the freelancing world while finishing my degree, in order to get more experience in my field and make some money. How can I compete with people on the freelancing sites, since ...